The most I can say about Unfriended is that it's original. Every once… MoreThe most I can say about Unfriended is that it's original. Every once in a while it's nice to see something new come out. The problem with this horror movie is that it isn't scary or interesting. I didn't even get upset that some people behind us were so bored that they started talking.
The don't leave a computer screen and everything happens on Skype. There is a lame little story that brings bullying into play, and the rest of the story is pretty straightforward also. There was only one thing that happened that sat me up, otherwise I could have played a game on my phone while the movie was showing.
I guess they've already said they're going to make a sequel (with a cost of $1 million and making $15 million on opening weekend, it's no surprise) and I just hope they get better. Even with the originality here, I don't think Unfriended is even worth seeing.
Furious 7 is going to give you everything any rational person would… MoreFurious 7 is going to give you everything any rational person would expect: stupid dialogue, bad acting, no story worth turning into a movie, and action. Lots and lots of action. That's Furious 7's strong point and the only thing it has going for it. What comes together is an entertaining 2 hours and 20 minutes. Even with all the action, Furious 7 has a few moments that drag because of the run-time, but what can you expect from a movie that has less story than Shoot 'Em Up.
Anyone who walks into the theater expecting anything except loud noises is going to hate Furious 7. And don't think physics is going to apply here. There's no need for it. If you want something with scientific accuracy, watch the discovery channel. If you want to see a car jump from building to building, huge, testosterone driven fight scenes, you're going to love Furious 7... and forget about it before you get to your car.
If it sounds like I'm bashing Furious 7, I guess I am a bit. But it's good for what it promises to deliver. The end has some Paul Walker tribute that could have been way, way better, but that won't stop these guys from stomping on the gas and blowing the audience away with power before they get to it.
Quick: picture in your head how you would imagine Cinderella to be if… MoreQuick: picture in your head how you would imagine Cinderella to be if Disney made it a live movie. Walla. You're going to get exactly what you'd expect in Cinderella. It is an entertaining, non-offensive (unless you're dead set against slim waists) film that was well cast (especially Blanchett as the wicked step-mother). It's nothing exceptional, is forgettable, and will not stand the test that the cartoon has, but little girls will want to gobble up all the Cinderella merchandise they can after seeing this.
Honestly, I was thinking how incredible the glass slipper and dress would have to be to make this movie even passable, and Disney nailed it. I would recommend this to any of my friends, seeing as how they're all males at least in their 20's, but I'd take my kid if I had any.
I honestly don't know why this script wasn't picked up by a major… MoreI honestly don't know why this script wasn't picked up by a major label and improved on (the little it needed). Blue Ruin is a great movie. There isn't much in the way of dialogue, but what is there is not only good, but necessary. The revenge plot is well played here, and twists keep coming that will keep the viewer on their toes. If slow paced indie flicks aren't your thing, stay clear, but if you are looking for a knock out movie, here it is. Macon Blair will knock your socks off as Dwight, the lead character in the movie. I strongly recommend Blue Ruin to movie fans who like films in the way of the Coens.
Get Hard is proof that we don't need Will Ferrell in every movie.… MoreGet Hard is proof that we don't need Will Ferrell in every movie. Ferrell could have been replaced by anyone and been just as fun or even more funny than what he contributed to this film. Since Ferrell is in it, Kevin Hart threw this nothing of a movie on his back and made it his.
Get Hard has a lame story that could have used at least a little depth, but it was all replaced by jokes. Nothing, not even the jokes, is original. Hart and Ferrell have zero chemistry, and Hart does all the work.
All the negatives aside, what would you expect from a movie like this? And that's exactly what you'll get. A few laughs and a belly full of popcorn. I wouldn't recommend anyone go out of their way to see Get Hard, but it's definitely something worth renting when it's released on DVD.
Kingsman: The Secret Service is a great entry-level James Bond type… MoreKingsman: The Secret Service is a great entry-level James Bond type flick. It's fun, the actors are entertaining, the dialogue light, and the story isn't very involved. It does have a couple of dark moments, but they're brief.
Kingsman is a bit long at a bit over 2 hours, but director Matthew Vaughn does a great job of keeping me awake.
Kingsman is worth a look. Hopefully it gets enough attention that there is a sequel because the cast they've put together here is worth another film.
If you're used to the type of movie where they put in small jokes to… MoreIf you're used to the type of movie where they put in small jokes to entertain the adults as well as children, this isn't it. Home is 100% geared toward children. It's not bad; it's just most of us have come to expect this. Home is full of aliens that change color, so the children are entertaining, has simple toilet jokes, and is non-threatening even with a supposedly menacing race who are out to destroy the Boovs (they're not threatening). It has a simple story, is short, and has some gimmicks to make the kids laugh. I'm a huge Jim Parsons fan from Big Bang Theory, but even his voice gets a little irritating. Most of the other voices could be replaced by anyone else. All that aside, it's not a bad way to kill an hour and thirty minutes.
It's non-offensive to all. It's a neutered, unoriginal, entertaining film. I'd say it'd be great on a movie channel or even when it comes on TV.
Let me start by saying It Follows is the type of movie I would NEVER… MoreLet me start by saying It Follows is the type of movie I would NEVER recommend to a friend. The people leaving the theater didn't seem to like it much, nor did my girlfriend. I don't think most people got what writer/director David Robert Mitchell was going for.
It Follows carries a methodical pace, and isn't your typical someone jumping out from behind a door type scary. It's a suspenseful movie that is like few others. The actors are perfectly cast. I loved the story, and thought the ending was perfect for this film. Before it started dragging on, the director was able to instill life back into It Follows to keep it going. Jennifer Lawrence's breakout role in Winter's Bone is about the pace of It Follows. The cinematography is some of the best you'll find. It's part of what made the whole thing work so well.
The problem was that it did hit a couple of snags with pacing. It drug on a bit, but there wasn't much they could have taken out and maintained the same story, so it's forgivable in my book.
I thought this was a rare find in horror movies, given it has a 95% on RT. That it only got 72% by the fans is something to weigh before going out to see it.
This second of the Divergent movies, Insurgent, did pretty much what… MoreThis second of the Divergent movies, Insurgent, did pretty much what all the other Twilight movies to the first. Took a giant dump on a great start to what is going to be a series.
There isn't any exceptional acting, the story is drawn out and doesn't go very far, and so I don't give anything away, I'll just say they foul up a major part to the books that I thought would make the movie better. Hell, it would have made it good. Instead, what you'll get is one dream sequence after another with an ending that is a year too late to be original (I won't tell which movie just had the same ending so I don't spoil anything).
As they've learned to do, Hollywood is going to drag what's become a bad series out by splitting the book, that I'll guess would have making one interesting ending, into two movies. And as we do, I'll guess it's going to be poorly reviewed and make tons of money. I'd recommend remembering how interesting the first one, and treat it as a stand-alone movie. There's no reason to watch Insurgent.